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  • Sprint iPhone 4S Customers Complain About Extremely Slow 3G Speeds


    Although Sprint was recently ecstatic with the high volume of sales they just had with the launch of the iPhone 4S, it seems that Sprint iPhone 4S customers might not be feeling the same way. It has been widely known that Sprint is the only company that offers an unlimited data plan on the iPhone 4S and many people chose the carrier for that reason specifically. Apparently though, the extremely slow data speeds some users are reporting are causing a lot of frustration.

    Currently there seems to be a lengthy thread on Sprintís discussion boards, where iPhone 4S customers are reporting extremely slow data speeds. Some users are even having difficulty using Siri over 3G because of Sprintís data network being ďso unreliable.Ē In one case, a user mentioned that his Samsung Epic Touch with 4G turned off returned 3 times faster speed performance than his iPhone 4S in the same location. Another user is claiming that both his Sprint phones (the iPhone 4S and his Evo 3D) are running slow. It might just be the case of Sprint not being fully prepared for the launch of the iPhone 4S and experiencing some issues keeping up with customer demands for unlimited data.



    It seems that while some users are reporting issues, others are saying they are having no problems. This points toward the possibility of signal strength or location being an issue rather than a more widespread network problem. The folks over at Gizmodo ran what seems to be a rather crude speedtest survey but their results show that Sprint has dramatically slower speeds when compared to AT&T or Verizon.

    As of right now, it is unclear whether it is just launch-week related problems or w more widespread network problem with Sprintís network. It could possibly be a combination of the two as well but we should get a clearly picture of Sprintís ability to handle the data-hungry iPhone customers as time passes by.

    Are any of you iPhone 4S Sprint customers? If so, are you experiencing this issue with your new iPhone? Share any thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

    Source: Sprint's Discussion Boards
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint iPhone 4S Customers Complain About Extremely Slow 3G Speeds started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I knew the speed was going to be slow and should improve as the Sprint upgrade plans are complete. Part of that plan is not only to roll out 4G but to increase 3G speeds on devices.
    1. VerizonIphone4_help's Avatar
      VerizonIphone4_help -
      ha ha Well I live in NM and all the carriers suck here. On verizon and for me to get 160 kps is a god send! More than half the time i'm on GPRS getting around 18kps.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Sprint blows in my area. But 50 miles away, its amazingly fast. The fact that the new iPhone has no 4G radio at all is what really sucks.
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I get decent 3G speed on my evo 3D after I able to hack the network settings and removed the sprint proxy. It almost doubled. Perhaps a jailbreak app in the future will allow users to enhance/tweak network speeds with the iphone 4S.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Sprint, the Network that won't slow down your unlimited data cause it's already slow to begin with...
    1. Zamphire's Avatar
      Zamphire -
      Just ran a speedtest.net on my iphone 4 on verizon, I only get 0.42Mbps down. That's about normal for verizon. I had ATT before I switched last month and they do about 1.5Mbps down.
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      On AT&T I get 101KB/s download and 190 upload with 3 bars
    1. Hyperrunner's Avatar
      Hyperrunner -
      Finally some people now start to notice how extremely slow is sprint... my recomendation is to switch to a better company, they claim unlimited but with not much signal in most places and extremely slow speeds.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Sprint blows in my area. But 50 miles away, its amazingly fast. The fact that the new iPhone has no 4G radio at all is what really sucks.
      Actually what people will find out is sprint may have 4g (in very select areas) but it's speed is slow 4g or not... There speed clock is not 100% accurate. Friend of mine has a 4s and his speed is the same as it was on his 4g model.
    1. amoamare's Avatar
      amoamare -
      sobeniceguy2
      I get decent 3G speed on my evo 3D after I able to hack the network settings and removed the sprint proxy. It almost doubled. Perhaps a jailbreak app in the future will allow users to enhance/tweak network speeds with the iphone 4S
      .

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^

      The only one who hit it on the spot, Sprints 3G is not slow and is capable of a lot faster speeds the fact of the matter is that they PROXY the data HENCE why the PING time is so high.

      Big HINT people requires commcenter break and patched file, that removes there proxy. hell you can load the 0001.prl and get even faster speeds. Stop bickering either pay for the faster speeds from other carriers and pay the high rate for 2GB bandwith and END up limited anyway or go with sprint who wont limit it later on.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      it'll be alright. They're so happy about the influx of iphone customers, and heavily dependent on them, that they'll appease them to make sure no one backs out w/in 30 days.
    1. amoamare's Avatar
      amoamare -
      On top of that dont use speedtest.net haha that company blows for speedtesting.
    1. iAKiOS's Avatar
      iAKiOS -
      Sprint iPhone 4S for me were horribly slow on launch day, today there getting a little faster. Hopefully it continues to get faster.
    1. Magiq Stiq's Avatar
      Magiq Stiq -
      Sprint is and has always been a hot mess. Unlimited data I say lie! If you travel outside of their network; which is not hard to do you will be charged for data. Their network was not ready for the iphone
    1. nyc4bx's Avatar
      nyc4bx -
      I'm on sprint but I only seem to have issues using the Facebook or twitter apps everything else seems to run at a decent speed
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Um yeah, welcome to sprint.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      lol. Hopefully most of you weren't to quick to jump ship straight to Sprint. Not all that glitters is gold!
    1. awareunlikeu's Avatar
      awareunlikeu -
      Quote Originally Posted by sobeniceguy2 View Post
      I get decent 3G speed on my evo 3D after I able to hack the network settings and removed the sprint proxy. It almost doubled. Perhaps a jailbreak app in the future will allow users to enhance/tweak network speeds with the iphone 4S.
      My friend, I have been saying this EXACT same thing for a while now and it just seems to fall on deaf ears, or eyes in our case. The one and only thing that I miss of Android was the ability to "tweak" carrier and radio settings. I remember having an original EVO, and was able to "remove" Sprint's data throttle by flashing a simple zip and immediately received tripple the speed I was getting before the hack. I have posted this same question at all the main modding forums, with not even one legitimate reply or thought from people interested in the subject? To me when carriers started announcing that there would be a "data throttle" put on data hungry users, this should have been first order of business for us as a modding community. I am a beginner Objective-C dev, but am not inclined enough to work that problem out on my own. amoamare, it is nice to see someone with a like mind, i hope there are a few more of us on here that can gather up the support to implement a data throttle remover for i-jailbreaking community.
    1. unreach's Avatar
      unreach -
      I think the ookla app is having problems with 4S for some odd reason. I just looked at the review of the Ookla speedtest app and everyone says their 4 is faster than 4S. Don't know if this has to do with anything.
    1. amoamare's Avatar
      amoamare -
      Quote Originally Posted by awareunlikeu View Post
      My friend, I have been saying this EXACT same thing for a while now and it just seems to fall on deaf ears, or eyes in our case. The one and only thing that I miss of Android was the ability to "tweak" carrier and radio settings. I remember having an original EVO, and was able to "remove" Sprint's data throttle by flashing a simple zip and immediately received tripple the speed I was getting before the hack. I have posted this same question at all the main modding forums, with not even one legitimate reply or thought from people interested in the subject? To me when carriers started announcing that there would be a "data throttle" put on data hungry users, this should have been first order of business for us as a modding community. I am a beginner Objective-C dev, but am not inclined enough to work that problem out on my own. amoamare, it is nice to see someone with a like mind, i hope there are a few more of us on here that can gather up the support to implement a data throttle remover for i-jailbreaking community.
      What ever android device you have I can help your remove the data throttling from it easily with just a few simple steps.
      As far as the iPhone thing, i'm already on the ball commcenter already patched to accept any PRI, PRL, and carrier settings just waiting for a untethered jailbreak i dont personally use sprint, but same concept as the device gets put on prepaid carriers like cricket, metropcs, etc.